"As a group of GPs who have done it all – worked as employees, owned our own practices and now work for the corporate Independent Practitioner Network – it was our desire for work-life balance that led us to our decisions to work for a corporate.
None of us would go back to any other model of practice.
We are happy we can do the work we love with a strong say in the way our practice is run. We have complete clinical autonomy and choice about to whom we refer.
Our practice is large enough to employ excellent nursing staff to help us work efficiently. We are paid better than we have been paid before in a way that reflects our efforts.
But best of all, at the end of the day, we go home and live the rest of our lives without the concerns of accreditation, hiring and firing, paying staff, keeping the place clean and all the other aspects of the administering a practice that keep practice owners awake at night. Work - Life balance at its best.
Of course we can't vouch that all doctors working for corporates have the positive experience we have had. But we believe IPN is enhancing our professional life, not damaging it"
Drs Debby Bachymayer, Felicity Bidencope, Nichola Dunn, Ged Foley, Phil Greenfield, Lind Harris, Vicki Howell, Warren Lee, Rodney Lopez, Ratna Neville, Brenda Steedman, Jane Thomson, Phil Warburton, Martine Walker and Michelle Zwi.
"With an ever increasing amount of complexity to deal with in general practice wouldn’t it be great to be able to practice medicine and leave the hassles of running a practice to someone else. Wouldn’t it be great to see and treat patients like you were trained to do in medical school and not have to be an industrial relations expert, HR guru, GST and Super wizard and be across the bewildering array or Government programmes that whilst supposed to provide you extra income become just an extra headache.
Wouldn’t it be even better if whilst practicing medicine you had the support of a practice nurse, a modern fully equipped practice to work from, the freedom to determine your own hours, and a software system that made your life easier rather than harder (and someone else to fix it if there was an issue).
If your answer to any of this is "yes", then you need to be thinking about joining IPN. In an IPN managed centre you, like me, can practice medicine in a fully supported environment free from administration hassles and have full clinical sovereignty. In addition to this IPN can help you maximise the value of your time through best use of Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) items and nurse items.
Practicing medicine can be stressful. Practicing in an IPN centre has certainly made it much less stressful for me!"